Using SolAgra Farming® to power desalination facilities provides an economic, stable and clean energy supply.
Our facilities are designed to operate in estuaries and to desalinate brackish water using proprietary techniques making them far more efficient than seawater desalination plants. Permeable levies and state-of-the-art brine disposal protects fish populations. SolAgra® is developing several proposals for desalination facilities in the California Delta.
What is unique about SolAgra’s desalination design?
SolAgra’s® desalination facilities are designed for maximum efficiency and minimum environmental impact. This is achieved by locating in estuaries instead of coastal areas and utilizing solar power instead of fossil fuels. The biggest cost associated with desalination is the cost of energy. Energy is needed to pump the salty water through a membrane. When the water passes through the media, the water is cleaner and fresher. The saltier the input water, the more energy is needed to desalinate it. This makes desalinating brackish water far more efficient. Also, water in estuaries has higher salinity during high tides than it does at low tides. Our facilities have a dual-intake system that allows us to vary throughput and desalination capabilities depending on need.
Our facilities are also powered by 100% climate neutral, renewable energy. We have developed a unique intake system using permeable levies to protect fish from entrapment. We use state-of-the-art brine disposal techniques to also avoid entrainment and to protect fish. Our designs were inspired by the location of our first SolAgra® projects in the California Delta.